INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Swan slipping


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Swan slipping Sep 16, 2003 02:19 p.m.

I have a beautiful Shristi Standard. I have had it for a month now and I have been fighting the tuning pegs on the MA and SA strings to keep in tune. I did notice after a couple of 2 or 3 note meends that the swan is moving and causing the problem on the MA string. Any quick and clean way to help keep the swan in place?


Re:Swan slipping Sep 16, 2003 02:30 p.m.

You can try to cut out a small piece of sandpaper or rubber as a landingstrip for you swam. It should prevent it from slipping



Re:Swan slipping Sep 16, 2003 04:28 p.m.

Take a look at:

to see what I mean.



Slippery as swan.... Sep 16, 2003 06:07 p.m.

Hi Jaym: If you search the forum archives you can find all kinds of possible causes/cures for your problem(s) I found some adhesive backed sandpaper at the hardware store that has been working great for me. After a year the adhesive hasn't caused any damage to the sitar's finish, so I'm assuming it's safe. Don't get too fine a sandpaper or it will clog too quickly and the swan will just slide on it. On the other hand, too course sandpaper will sand your swan down too quickly. Just experiment.
Re:Swan slipping Sep 17, 2003 05:27 p.m.

Great replies
I think I will try the adhesive sandpaper.
What grade of coarseness do you recommend?
Re:Swan slipping Sep 19, 2003 08:17 p.m.

Hey Jaym, David suggests a small piece of leather glued to the bottom of the swan. Kind of a leather jacket, ala 'Fonzie' for your swan. Works great. Neal
Re:Swan slipping Sep 20, 2003 12:11 p.m.

A leather "shoe" for the swan is a great idea. I've struggled with this swan problem myself. I've put may hours of thought into this slippage headache, but I would have never thought of doing this in a million years.
I'm just stupid I guess.
Jeffrey R King
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